From My Account

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I’m not very far from the horrific firestorm in Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa. It’s hard to believe because we were having lunch in Sausalito at Le Garage on Saturday. The bay was so very serene and calm. Fleet Week was happening in The San Francisco Bay, the jets were flying in beautiful formations overhead, and many boats were leaving their docks to sail out in the still waters. We left there and went to Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma because we’d never been there before and we wanted to check it out. The day was so lovely that we continued on and took a short walk up to Buena Vista Winery to catch the shadows and the colorful changing leaves just before closing time. It was beautiful.

Sunday came and the winds started to pick up. We were on our way up to Sacramento when we saw a plume of smoke on the other side of the hills. We had dinner outside at the Center For Land Based Learning fundraiser. The wind was from the north and strengthening. Monday we went for a walk and the air was thick with smoke, but not as thick as it is today. Last night a friend spent the night at our home, as there was a mandatory evacuation put in place in his neighborhood. He only lives eight miles away. The winds are calm now but are supposed to return, but from a different direction. This is very scary and I am so sad for all the people caught up in this rapidly moving, wind-swept firestorm. Please pray for these people, their counties, and some containment before the next winds pick-up.   

 

 

 

 

 

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No Trespassing

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I had this weeks blog all put together and just about ready to send when I drove down the road and had to stop to take a few photos of this amazing field of sunflowers.

I happen to know the farmer who is growing these and he truly needs people to not trespass on this particular field of flowers. I’ve seen “no trespassing” signs for years. We had them all over the Santa Cruz mountains when I was a kid. Most of them were so old that you could hardly read what they said, but we all knew that we weren’t supposed to cross that line.                                                                            Today people see fields of flowers and they all rush out to get a selfie of themselves standing in the field. It takes its toll and they don’t understand that the owner really does need them to stay out of the fields. (It’s not just sunflower fields that cause people to do this. Flower fields, in general, attract bees and people.) I know that cell phones don’t have long-range lenses but maybe it’s time to take the old cameras out of the closet and put the phones away. I did not trespass. I’ve always tried to avoid it. Private places are private and public places are, well, public and free to trespass on. Next time you’re tempted, please remember to give the farmer a break.

Yellow

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It’s been very wet around here, but the ground is slowly soaking up the excess water, the skies are clearing, and the puffy white clouds gently stroll by in the breeze. It’s been a wild ride this winter in California. It’s made way for budding plants and gorgeous scenery. 

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Suisun Valley Mustard Fields

I was on my way down the hill from my house, the other day, and noticed this beautiful view. It wasn’t even close to sunset but the colors that the clouds were yielding were amazing. I flipped the car around and got out my phone. I don’t usually take pictures on my phone but I couldn’t resist this one. I have been thrilled with the views this year and we’re only at the end of February.

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Cloudy Afternoon Near My Backyard

I can only hope that this weather continues for a while. I am so enjoying the scenery and the thought that we don’t have to worry about water usage every day. So here’s hoping that March and April will continue to be rather moist months to -A few days of rain, on; a few days of rain, off.- It’s a balancing act.

For those of you who could not open my video a couple of weeks ago. I had left out a number. Here is the link if you would like to go take a look at an excerpt from my new book.

 

Only One Week To Go…..

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I know it may seem funny, but I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year.  The world seems so foreign sometimes, to what I remember it being just a short time ago.  I have found myself counting my blessings in recent weeks and wondering too, about some very simple things in life.

Last Flowers of the Season

Last Flowers of the Season

  I wonder where little animals go when it is terribly stormy outside.  I then feel blessed that I am safe and sound in my surroundings.  There are so many people on this planet that are lost and displaced.  I need to remember them and with that, feel grateful for all I have.

This is Where the Little Bugs Hide

This is Where the Little Bugs Hide

Thanksgiving is at my house this year.  I can’t wait for my young adults to spend time together and find more memories to share.  Life is about these shared times.  It is these simple pleasures in life that I love so very much.

We Don't Think of Turkeys as Being Colorful

We Don’t Think of Turkeys as Being Colorful but They Are

I hope all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving.  It’s only a week away!

Counting Clouds

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We certainly have had some amazing cloud cover recently.  Last weekend we went to the Suisun Valley to listen to a friend play with his band.  The day was so nice and the clouds were promising rain.

Cumulus Clouds

Cumulus Clouds

The colors in the valley were amazing and I was sure that the dark clouds were coming our way.

Illuminated Valley Hill

Illuminated Valley Hill

We could see the lightning and hear the thunder, our rainfall was about six and a half drops.  They were tiny drops too.  I know it’s coming someday.  I just wished it was that day.

Turning Vines

Turning Vines

I shouldn’t forget that, once it rains, I won’t be seeing such beauty about me.  It will be grey, wet, and cold and I will be hoping for views like this again with the promise of rain off in the distance.

Sun Setting Behind the Ridge

Sun Setting Behind the Ridge

The gathering of clouds

I could not ignore

As I stood in the sun

On this valley floor

Soon the hills rumbled

With thunderous cries

As lightning threw sparks

And lit up the skies

I stood still in sunshine

Wishing the rain

Would fall in this place

But my wish was in-vain

© Bonnie DiMichele 2015

Why aren’t we just happy with what we get?

Harvest Time

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Shadows and Light

Shadows and Light

We ran out to the Suisun Valley last evening to capture a few images of the grapes while they were still on the vine.  

A Good Harvest

A Good Harvest

These grapes were due to be picked very early this morning.    I don’t need to tell you that these grapes will make some luscious red wine.

Autumn is Nearing

Autumn is Nearing

What I do need to tell you is that the Suisun Valley is an up and coming place to go taste wine.  It was just written up in The North Bay Business Journal and there are some, long established, Napa wineries that are moving into this valley.

Calm Before the Harvest

Calm Before the Harvest

It’s not very far to go for many of us.  It doesn’t have the crowds, the expensive tasting fees, or trouble with parking.

Beautiful Bunches

Beautiful Bunches

It does have friendly people, good wine, and lovely picnic areas.  You’d better go try it before the word gets out.  I am lucky; it’s virtually in my backyard.

Quiet Little Valley

Quiet Little Valley

In a few weeks this valley will be ablaze of yellows, reds, and oranges.  The harvest is in and Autumn is here.  Drink in all those colors that life has to offer.